This week we speak to Barbie Banks from Citizen Jane Film Festival…
Tell us about your Festival:
The Citizen Jane Film Festival, an intimate, four-day film festival celebrating and showcasing the work of female filmmakers from around the world, takes place November 3-6, in downtown Columbia, Mo., and features some of the best in independent filmmaking, filmmaker panels, workshops, and parties.
Founded at Stephens College, the second oldest women’s college in the country, Citizen Jane is changing opportunities for women in film through an internationally known Film Festival, Film Series and a Filmmaking Camp for young women.
Through education, connection, and artistic/unique experiences, Citizen Jane celebrates independent film by independent women.
How was your Festival created?
Citizen Jane was created by a few Stephens College professors. They wanted to showcase stories by women and give the students a real world experience running a festival.
9 years later we are still accomplishing these goals. The festival would not be possible without the dedication of the students who put in hour after hour of work.
Describe your Festival in three words:
Feminist. Transformative. Home.
What compelled you to partner with Let’s All Be Free?
When reading the mission of LABF we thought… well that is what we are trying to do too! So it just made sense to partner with an organization across the pond that is working towards the same goals.
What does being free mean to you?
Being free is being in a place where saying yes, has little risk and only reward.